Berneval-le-Grand

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Berneval-le-Grand
Berneval-le-Grand is located in France
Berneval-le-Grand
Berneval-le-Grand
Coordinates: Coordinates: Unknown argument format
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Seine-Maritime
Arrondissement Dieppe
Canton Dieppe-Est
Intercommunality Petit Caux
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Patrice Philippe
Area1 5.56 km2 (2.15 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,198
 • Density 220/km2 (560/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 76081 / 76370
Elevation 0–110 m (0–361 ft)
(avg. 104 m or 341 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Berneval-le-Grand is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France.

Geography

A farming village in the Pays de Caux, situated on the cliff-lined coast of the English Channel some 5 miles (8.0 km) northeast of Dieppe, at the junction of the D54 and D113 roads.

History

After his release from Reading prison, Oscar Wilde came to stay at Berneval in June 1897. He was accompanied by his friend (and future literary executor), the Canadian journalist, art critic and art dealer Robert Ross. André Gide met him at the Hotel de la Plage (destroyed during the Second World War). Here, Wilde wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

On the morning of 19 August 1942, the beach at Berneval was one of the landing locations of the Anglo-Canadian raid on Dieppe. No. 3 Commando landed on "Yellow 1", the beach of Petit Berneval, but got stuck at the top of the cliffs, unable to fulfil their mission. Most were killed or captured, only one managed to escape by swimming back to the boats. Those who landed on "Yellow 2", at the Fond de Belleville, crossed the fields and attacked the gun emplacements, preventing the German gunners aiming at the beaches of Dieppe where the bulk of the landings took place. They all were able to escape by the same route and return to Newhaven.

In the 1960s, a large part of Walerian Borowczyk’s film, Immoral Tales, was set in Berneval’s Grand Hotel, on the Avenue du Capitain Porthéous.

Heraldry

Arms of Berneval-le-Grand
The arms of Berneval-le-Grand are blazoned :
Azure, a pale lozengy argent and gules, between, in bend 2 garbs of wheat Or, and in bend sinister 2 ships argent.



Population

Historical population of Berneval-le-Grand
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 641 666 760 893 998 1047 1198
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest

  • The church of Notre-Dame, rebuilt, as was most of the village, after World War II.

See also

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